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Old 07-19-2014, 06:19 PM   #75
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I don't buy a lot of albums, but you absolutely have to support Weird Al.

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Yeah this will be the first music Ive paid for in 10 years.

I'll fully admit to try before you buy when it comes to music, especially new bands. I also make sure that I support the artists that I do enjoy / listen to their music. To a degree, I also try to make an effort to see independent / smaller films that are intriguing / or actually attempt to be original or thought provoking. Either by checking it out at the box office, or in recent years, a lot of independent films are available On Demand either concurrently with their theatrical release or very shortly after.

It's a fair trade off, now, but those teenage years it's not financially possible for most, so I can understand to a degree why there's always a segment of people who simply pirate it.

To be fair, those fans, typically younger, also tend to go to more concerts and / or buy affiliated merchandise by an artist. Which in today's industry, and even back in the day to a lesser percentage, is where most artists make the lionshare of their money. The typical recording deal for an artist is around 6 points. That's 6%, so if an album is $9.99, the artist will see $0.60 on each cd sold. In fact, that number is lower in reality, because the label take a portion of that back to cover expenses like promotion, music videos, and other various expenses.

Of course it hurts the bottom line and is a loss for the artist, but it is exponentially a much larger hit for the label. Unless you are a rare mega artist or band that sold astronomical numbers, like the douches in Metallica, who ended up alienating a lot of fans. Plus, it hasn't completely killed mega sales- Taylor Swift, for example. The digital age has simply created a shift in the business model, and to a degree, created a vehicle for lesser known bands to gain a following and raise ticket sales when they do tour.
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